Former Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Nelson is headed to the Naismith Hall of Fame, as the the NBA announced on Monday. The 71-year-old Nelson apparently was informed a few days ago of the honor.
Nelson coached the Mavericks from 1997-2005, which saw three Western Conference semifinals appearances and one conference finals appearance. The Mavericks went to the finals and fell to the Miami Heat just a year after Nelson resigned as head coach.
For his career, Nelson 1335-1063 over a nearly 35-year period. Take a look at the complete ballot for the 2012 Hall of Fame class.
Mel Daniels, former ABA star for the Pacers.
Katrina McClain, two-time Olympic champion
Hank Nichols, official
All American Red Heads, the first women's professional basketball team
Don Barksdale, one of the first African-American players in the league
Lidia Alexeeva, former Soviet Union women's player
Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike
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